This month is host to all sorts of craziness: Project Spectrum begins; Tom marries; Steph celebrates another birthday; NASCAR starts up again (10 days!); and I get to redeem my birthday present from big sis – great tickets to a Caps game. February also scores one in the so-far, so-good category in the unofficial New Years Resolution category. Despite taking a week off for slackerdom, I managed to lose 3 pounds in the second half of the month. W’HOO! I’ve been cooking a lot more – like this ENORMOUS piece of tilapia for a recipe from Cooking Light. I need to come up with little rewards for myself to mark off the increments in order to keep me motivated. If all I focus on is THE BIG NUMBER that I have to lose altogheter, I’m going to get discouraged quite easily. Any ideas for little rewards along the way to keep me motivated?
Project Spectrum 2.0 kicked off today and I jumped in with both feet. The cranberry socks went on hold and I cast on for the Here There Be Dragons socks, henceforth known as Elliot (of Pete’s Dragon fame). I’m working it in Mama-E’s June Bug – which I LOVE so far. It was a little splitty at first, but now we’ve gotten used to each other. It took me a while to pick up the twisted German cast-on but through the magic of YouTube (no hair was cut in the casting on of this sock), I caught an instructional video I got it cast on and worked through a little over a pattern repeat, before I put it down to pick up…
Banff. I knit this sweater in its entirety almost two years ago. Then I started to seam it. Then I realized that not even I was that large. I’m unseaming as I need more yarn to work, but as it is, I have plenty to get me through the next couple of days. So far, I have the several inches of rib for one of the sleeves done. It wasn’t until this very moment that I realized I cast on a sleeve instead of the back. D’OH! Oh well, I have to knit sleeves at some point – no harm in starting with one of them first. Let’s just keep this our little secret, eh?
Both of these projects conventiently fall into the February/March color palette (and sadly, neither of them photographs particularly well. I could link to Mama-E’s website so you could see her JuneBug photo but the colors in my hank are far more subtle. And my Banff is a squishy bulky weight charcoal grey that should knit up in a jiffy.
I can’t believe I just said jiffy. It’s clearly time to go to bed.